Magpies topple Spireites to end season on a high
By Nathan Bingham
Two goals in seven second half minutes seal final day win
Maidenhead ended their 2018/19 National League season with a fine 2-0 win against Chesterfield at York Road. Goals from Obileye and Clifton ensured a league double over the Spireites as Maidenhead climbed the table one place to finish 19th on 54 points.
The visiting side had looked in relegation trouble back in December but had won 11 of their last 19 to pull well clear of the drop and they started the game on the front foot.
Carl Pentney, making his 200th start for the Magpies, saved well from Carter in the 3rd minute who shot low at goal after McKay’s cut back. Chesterfield, with the strong wind behind their backs, were knocking at the door and both Twumai and Steer made superb clearances off the line to prevent them taking the lead.
Ayo Obileye was back in the side after missing the game at his former club Eastleigh and he showed good vision in the 17th minute to release Fondop along the left side of the penalty box. Fondop whipped in a fizzing cross which evaded the lunging Clifton. Nana Owusu then whistled a 20-yard strike a yard wide of Jalal’s goal after Clifon had won the ball back.
Chesterfield were winning the territory battle and had several corners but Pentney and the Magpies backline defended admirably to keep chances from these to a minimum.
Comley, so often the player to pick out the key pass in midfield, had his radar on to release Fondop clean through against Jalal in the 38th minute. Fondop saw Jalal sprinting out of his goal and chose to shoot over him first time but unfortunately the ball bounced off the top of the crossbar and over.
In injury time Odametey curled into the side netting from a tight angle after a typically barnstorming run.
Chesterfield started the first half well and came out of the blocks strongly again to start the second period. Carl Pentney made a double save 5 minutes in, firstly with his feet to stop McKay and then pushing away Kiwomya’s rebounded effort.
Down the other end Odametey teed up Fondop who slightly miscued his curled effort from the edge of the box to curl just over the bar.
The deadlock was broken in the 70th minute and it was a fine that strike to do so. Clifton drove forward and after initially looking to lose his momentum opted to lay off to Obileye. Ayo struck accurately first time past Jalal from 20-yards – a fine strike to make it 1-0.
It was soon 2-0 as Maidenhead kept their foot on the gas as Magpies top scorer Clifton got his 15th of the year in the 77th minute. Odametey stormed forward and slipped Clifton in who slotted confidently under Jalal.
Chesterfield had resorted to a slightly more direct approach with the introduction of Denton and pushed for a consolation but strong defending from the Magpies secured a clean sheet and a 2-0 full time result.
At the full time whistle the players and management walked over to thanks the fans for their support and toast safety in the National League for a second consecutive season.
Maidenhead: Pentney, Twumasi, Clerima, Massey, Steer, Odametey, Comley, Obileye (Gabriel, 81), Owusu (Akintunde, 60), Clifton, Fondop (Kelly, 68)
Unused subs: Bird, Nombe
Chesterfield: Jalal, Barry, Evans, Carter (Boden, 80), Shaw (Denton, 65), Weird, Hollis, McKay (Rowley, 80), Yarney, Kiwomya, Chapman
Unused subs: Weston, Anyon